Minnesota version of Net Neutrality (HF 3033) introduced in the Legislature

The Bill was introduced today (Feb 26)…

Thissen; Ecklund; Metsa; Pryor; Olson; Fischer; Pinto; Freiberg; Flanagan; Carlson, A.; Lee; Davnie; Becker-Finn; Kunesh-Podein; Maye Quade; Sauke; Schultz; Loeffler; Koegel; Considine; Omar; Mahoney; Moran and Lien introduced:

  1. F. 3033,A bill for an act relating to broadband service; prohibiting certain activities by Internet service providers serving Minnesota customers and those under contract to the state or political subdivisions; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 16C; 325F.
    The bill was read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform.

I think it’s fair to call this a Minnesota version of Net Neutrality. You can find the whole proposed bill online – here’s an excerpt…

Sec. 2.


Subdivision 1.


The definitions in section 16C.37 apply to this section.

Subd. 2.

Prohibited actions. 

An Internet service provider is prohibited from engaging
in any of the following activities with respect to any of its Minnesota customers:

(1) block lawful content, applications, services, or nonharmful devices, subject to
reasonable network management;

(2) impair, impede, or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of (i) Internet content,
application, or service, or (ii) use of a nonharmful device, subject to reasonable network

(3) engage in paid prioritization;

(4) unreasonably interfere with or unreasonably disadvantage:

(i) a customer’s ability to select, access, and use broadband Internet service or lawful
Internet content, applications, services, or devices of the customer’s choice; or

(ii) an edge provider’s ability to provide lawful Internet content, applications, services,
or devices to a customer; or

(5) engage in deceptive or misleading marketing practices that misrepresent the treatment
of Internet traffic or content.

Subd. 3.

Certification required. 

Prior to offering service to a customer in this state, an
Internet service provider must file with the commissioner of commerce a document certifying,
under penalty of perjury, that it will not engage in any of the activities prohibited in
subdivision 2.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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